Beijing has mobilised its propaganda apparatus to attack the US-Japanese Theatre Missile Defence (TMD) system, warning against American expansion and a renewed Japanese militarism. The Liberation Army Daily, a mouthpiece of the PLA, warned yesterday against the resurgence of militarism in Japan which 'eyes Taiwan and, thus, alarms us'. The paper viewed Japan's inclusion of Taiwan in official documents on the 'defence co-operation principles' and 'peripheral affairs' as 'an attempt to use Taiwan to contain China'. 'Such a move is an outright challenge to China's sovereignty which will be resolutely rejected by the Chinese Government, the army and the people,' the paper said. Another official magazine, Banyuetan, attacked TMD as 'a major potential threat to the security of Asia, especially China'. The magazine described the defence agreement as 'a specific measure by which the United States projected the establishment of a minor Nato in Asia'. It said: 'If our Taiwan were to be fetched into the system, that would be an even more serious matter, which would mean an enormous threat toward China's state security and its military strength.' The system - if established - would seriously weaken China's missile defence capability, said the magazine. Under the missile system, bases would deploy weapons in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, which would be able to lay bare the east China region and southeastern coastal areas.